Sisters on a Journey by Penfield Editor Chester
Portraits of American Midwives

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Sisters on a Journey is a moving collection of twenty-seven profiles-interviews and photographs-of contemporary American midwives. These extraordinary women speak with unusual frankness about what brought them to midwifery, what they see as their greatest challenges and rewards, their recollections of their fist home births, and their thoughts about the place of midwives in the American health care system.

This book celebrates midwives from very different ethnic, religious, and ideological backgrounds-in all of their richness and diversity. Chester presents a community of voices of women who share a commitment to other women and who strive together to ensure for a practice with such a long history a successful and vibrant future.


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Published September 1, 1997 by Rutgers University Press. 320 pages
Genres: Professional & Technical, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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The 27 midwives profiled here share certain traits: respect for the spiritual side of childbirth, a strong belief in women's rights and a vision of midwifery as ""an attitude, a philosophy."" But Chester, who interviewed each woman and edited their accounts, does an admirable job of helping each...

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